Thursday, July 8, 2010

about the jam

At the beginning of the summer I was so glad to see Abbott add 'pick berries' and 'make jam' to our summer list. The season lingers a little bit throughout the rest of the year for us as we eat what we made and remember the whole process.

Last night Abbott had a friend sleep over. At breakfast the friend tried some of the strawberry jam we made last week. Without knowing we'd made it ourselves, this seven year old boy said that it was the best jam he'd ever tasted in his life. This was quite a compliment in my opinion, as little boys really aren't prone to saying things like that. I decided I should pass the link on to you in case you're contemplating jam (if you're not, I think you should!).

When Luisa posted the recipe for Strawberry-Lemon Grass Jam recently I decided to try it; her recipes are always spot-on. I wanted to do something different from the freezer jam we made last year. It takes a bit of time as does any version of jam, but the recipe is straightforward. And, as our seven year old friend observed, it really is the best jam we've ever had.

I hope these experiences of picking berries and making jam as a family become lifelong memories for both of my boys.

16 comments:

Sammi said...

Looks delicious Lecia x

Barbara said...

I love Luisa's blog too...her recipes are always marvelous!

I recall my mother used to make a freezer jam...it was quick and she didn't have to go through all the sterilizing; the fruit was so bright in color. Think it was an old 50's recipe, probably still online.

Kwana said...

You're the best. I'm sure the boys will always remember this.

Francesca said...

I find that homemade jam has a better texture and taste better (not so overpowering sweet).

Ina in Alaska said...

My gosh that looks delicious! Right now I am enjoying my coffee and wishing for a slice of that yummy looking toast! I do agree with you, Lecia, little boys are not known for their food compliments so that was a grand one coming from a very polite young man. Lovely post, I know your sweet boys will treasure these days. Sending many hugs xoxoxo

Ina in Alaska said...

Hi again Lecia, I am back to comment on that link about the jam... what an amazing writer! She makes making jam so descriptive and interesting! I enjoyed her asides of how her mom would prepare the recipe and those tulip jam jars... so pretty... xoxo

Vanessa said...

Luisa's recipes are always great and this one really caught my eye. I've never made jam myself but it looks like fun. Love those jars.

Paige said...

Someday I've gotta try making my own jam - my son loves to help cook, and he loves food, so chances are he'd love this!

kim banks - hi! said...

Beautiful pictures, and so inspiring!!! I love homemade jam! Yum! ps your profile picture is adorable!

KPiep said...

Looks like fun! We actually buy all of our jams and jellies from a local woman who sells through our grocery store and at the farmer's market. Soooo much better than the processed factory stuff!

handmade toddler clothes said...

I think your labeling is very cute!

Jane Flanagan said...

Ahhh I love the smell of jam-making... always reminds me of my Mum's kitchen. Such a lovely memory for kids to have!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Thank you for sharing !!
Nicola

TheSmithZoo said...

I have been obsessing over the jam you made all weekend, your pictures and descriptions were lovely. I notice the recipe has no pectin in it. Do you think it would set up better if it did? Or did yours set up pretty well? I plan on making this tomorrow, where did you get your lemon grass leaves? My Fred Meyers only has the stalks. You blog is so lovely, thanks for all the wonderful photography.

A Day That is Dessert said...

The jam doesn't set like jams with pectin, but still works on toast/sandwiches, or as a sauce with yogurt etc. It is so, so good!

In terms of the leaves, check a specialty grocery store (in Seattle, Metropolitan Market or PCC) - call first - and if they don't have it ask them where they suggest you check. I'm sure, also, it would be quite good without the lemongrass.

Let me know how it goes!

mpendwa said...

i've always been scared to even attempt jam making but these pictures and your descriptions make me want to jump head first into it! it sounds incredible!